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2012 bowl projections: Longhorns, Aggies on collision course for Cotton Bowl

Texas A&M and Texas are on a collision course to face each other in the Cotton Bowl, according to Jerry Palm's latest bowl projections.

Darren Carroll

With just two weeks remaining, college football's regular season is quickly coming to an end. With the BCS picture becoming increasingly clear, it's much easier for college football analysts to project each bowl game -- and that's exactly what CBS Sports' Jerry Palm has done.

Though they ended their long-standing rivalry, the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies are projected to play each other in the Cotton Bowl, on Jan. 4, in Arlington, Texas. The Aggies and Longhorns traditionally met, but, when Texas A&M bolted to the SEC, the two schools decided to ax the annual meeting.

Just last week, Ian Boyd and Hunter Jarvis discussed whether or not the Aggies and Longhorns should renew their rivalry, and there would be no better way than kick-starting it than a Cotton Bowl game.

Palm also projects the Baylor Bears, largely thanks to an upset win over Kansas State, to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, against San Jose State.

The Big 12 is projected to send two teams to BCS games, as the Kansas State Wildcats are projected to take on the Stanford Cardinal in the Fiesta Bowl, while the Oklahoma Sooners are projected to take on the LSU Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.

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